Television networks are rethinking their impact in the aftermath of George Floyd.
Both “Cops” and “Live PD” have been pulled from their planned TV slots in the aftermath of the Black Lives Matter protests and calls for an end to police brutality that resulted from Floyd’s killing by a white cop in Minneapolis, Variety reported Friday.
The premiere of “Cops” season 33 has been delayed by Paramount Network while A&E scrapped its plans to air new episodes of “Live PD” — which premiered in 2016 —Friday and Saturday as previously planned.
“Out of respect for the families of George Floyd and others who have lost their lives, in consultation with the departments we follow, and in consideration for the safety of all involved, we have made the decision not to broadcast ‘Live PD’ this weekend,” A&E told the outlet in a statement.
Though “Cops” is currently absent from Paramount’s program schedule — and it also didn’t air last Monday in its usual time slot — the network has not yet spoken about the direction of the show.
That said, the reality show — one of the first, which premiered on Fox in 1989 — no longer shows up in Paramount’s full list of series on the network’s website.
The developments come amid not just protests and demands for an end to police brutality, but calls for reformation in cop shows and films.
On Thursday, The Washington Post published an op-ed entitled, “Shut down all police movies and TV shows. Now,” which argues that such series and shows are often written from the perspective of police and they tend to inflate the rate of violent crimes and with it, the positive impact and effectiveness of police.
“In addition to revealing the world as it is, art has the power to show us the world as it can be,” the piece reads. “If the entertainment industry truly believes change can no longer wait, it should start with its own storytelling.”
“There are many, many reasons why a cop’s point of view has become the default way to frame national unrest, including institutional and systemic racism,” argued an article published Monday on Vulture. “The overwhelming mountain of cop shows amounts to a decades-long cultural education in who deserves attention and whose perspective counts most.”
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